Emily Berry is the new Editor of The Poetry Review

Emily Berry
Emily Berry.

The Poetry Society is delighted to announce the award-winning poet Emily Berry as the new Editor of The Poetry Review magazine. She succeeds Maurice Riordan, who completes his distinguished tenure in December. Berry takes up the role with immediate effect and the Spring 2017 issue, published 31st March 2017, will be her first as Editor.

Emily Berry said:
“I’m so excited to be taking on the editorship of The Poetry Review. It’s been great to witness the development of the magazine over the last few years and I intend to build on this good work by continuing to expand the magazine’s reach and scope, and to bring poems to all who need them!”

Judith Palmer, Director, The Poetry Society, said:
The Poetry Review has flourished under Maurice Riordan’s editorship, growing in reputation and readership. The Poetry Society has benefitted enormously from Maurice’s wit and wisdom, and he’ll be much missed. We welcome Emily Berry warmly and are excited to see the new ideas she’ll now bring to the magazine. We can’t wait to read her first issue.”

Maurice Riordan said:
“I’m delighted Emily Berry is taking on the editorship. She is an outstanding and innovative poet, gifted with a receptive and searching intelligence, who has a broad and informed knowledge of contemporary poetry. I anticipate her tenure will be an exciting time for the magazine. She is just the person to take The Poetry Review to a new level.”

Kathryn Gray, poet and Deputy Chair of Trustees of The Poetry Society, said:
“Bold, visionary, energetic, with an enviable critical acumen – in Emily Berry, The Poetry Review has secured an excellent new Editor to lead the magazine onward with continued strength and relevance in these especially challenging and restless times. Berry’s appointment promises delights and exciting discovery in abundance, expressed through the finest quality voices for which The Poetry Review has rightly become internationally renowned. We warmly welcome her to her new role.”

Emily Berry grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University, and Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. In 2008 she won an Eric Gregory Award and her first book of poems, Dear Boy (Faber, 2013), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. Her second collection, Stranger, Baby, will be published by Faber in 2017.

Emily was a co-editor of the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives, a contributor to The Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury, 2013) and editor of The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt). Most recently, she and Maurice Riordan co-edited the Summer 2016 issue of The Poetry Review, as part of the Review’s year-long project designed to widen editorial opportunities for writers and critics.

The Poetry Review is among the world’s most dynamic and influential literary magazines. Published by The Poetry Society since 1912, it has been home to many of the most important and innovative names in poetry, with contributors ranging from Thomas Hardy and Basil Bunting, to Les Murray, Sharon Olds, Daljit Nagra, Durs Grünbein and Mary Ruefle. It is currently one of the most widely read poetry magazines in the English-speaking world and has a growing international circulation.

The Poetry Review is published quarterly in March, June, September and December and is available from leading bookshops across the UK and worldwide. A digital version of the magazine was introduced in 2015. A subscription to The Poetry Review (digital and print versions) is an integral part of full membership of The Poetry Society. The magazine is also available to buy in leading bookshops across the UK and around the world; a list of stockists is published on The Poetry Society website.

Look out for the Winter 2016 issue of The Poetry Review, co-edited by Maurice Riordan and Sarah Howe, and published on 19 December 2016. It includes new poems by Simon Armitage, Andre Bagoo, Jorie Graham, Penelope Shuttle, Hugo Williams and Jane Yeh. Nick Laird, Zaffar Kunial and Bhanu Kapil describe the places central to their imaginative world; Eleanor Goodman writes on contemporary Chinese women poets; and Jen Hadfield explores limpet life and human behaviour. There are also reviews of new collections by Anne Carson, Melissa Lee-Houghton, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds and Tiphanie Yanique. The Winter 2016 issue will be launched at Keats House, London, on Tuesday 7 February 2017; visit poetrysociety.org.uk/events for more details.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact Sophie Baker, tel: 020 7420 9895 or email: [email protected]

28 November 2016